Sock Bunny

I found this great site with lots of easy sock animal tutorials and decided to make the bunny.  Easy to follow instructions and I had everything I needed at home already.  Fun Sunday project!  I want to try the slightly more complicated dragon next.

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All the materials (I did have to pirate buttons off an old shirt for the eyes)

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Unstuffed pieces

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Finished!  (The tutorial has more photos and detailed instructions.)

Happy sewing!

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Weighted blanket sensory aid sewing tutorial

While I was a patient on a psychiatric ward, they had a sensory room with different aids, including aromatherapy and a weighted blanket.  The blanket was magical (soothing, comforting, a literal safety blanket) so I decided to sew my own.  They are also used for children with autism.  Do NOT use for babies.  Smothering deaths have happened.

FYI, I’m very much a beginner.  I’ve made straight curtains, potholders and a small wall-hanging quilt (all straight lines), but that’s about it.

I made this blanket over a weekend, and the total cost was $24.52, but I already had some materials.  Your cost will increase if you choose to use real Poly-Fil stuffing beads.  I used a bag of economy birdseed from Target because I wasn’t sure how the blanket would come out.  I plan to use it at work, an office building with a cafeteria, and I’m going to store it in a mouse-resistant garbage bag there.  We’ll see how it goes.

MATERIALS

2 yards muslin or plain cotton fabric

2 yards fabric for cover

1 to 10 pounds of Poly-Fil stuffing beads (or birdseed)

Ziploc baggies, quart size

duct tape

Velcro

thread

pencil or fabric marker

quilter’s or regular ruler

measuring cups

I used muslin, but kind of wish I’d used a slightly thicker fabric.  I also used a very soft, studded fabric I found in Joann’s “comfy cozy” section.  The nubs are a great sensory detail.  My fabric cost: $17.52.  I used birdseed, 20-pound bag was $7 at Target; I used 10 pounds of it.  Again, if making this for a child, be VERY careful about the weight.  Ten pounds is definitely at the top of the range for the size I made (finished = 20 by 30 inches) for an adult.  I think 7 pounds would have sufficed.  The Velcro I had lying around was 6 by 4 inches, which I cut into 1- by 6-inch strips for the cover closure.  I used yellow duct tape, because it was what I had.  It shows through the muslin but I’m not worried about it. 

STEP BY STEP WITH PHOTOS

1.  Fold muslin or plain fabric in half so you have a two-ply layer of 1 yard.  Using a ruler and pencil or fabric marker, mark off 7- by 7-inch squares, totaling 12 (4 squares wide by 3 squares high).  I should have ironed, I guess, but I didn’t feel like it.

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2.   Sew lengthwise first, four rows to make the sides of the pockets you’ll stuff.  Then sew across one edge to create the bottom of the first row of pockets.  I used a zigzag stitch at a length of 1.5 on my machine, and I made sure to backstitch at all the stress points (corners of squares).  I used the natural fold as one side of the blanket, but you could use two pieces of muslin and sew all four sides.

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